Chateau Caillou – Second Growth Barsac
Bill Blatch: This is a continuation of Caillou’s more opulent style of the last few years. At 135 g/l residual, it is on the average for the vintage but it appears sweeter because the flavours are so delicate, and because the acidity does not stand out. It is the extreme freshness of bright, kiwi-style fruit that makes it so tensile and fine, whilst the overall impression is of great softness.
Decanter: 18/20 – Pale, very aromatic and fresh, very refined with splendidly integrated sugar, wonderful quality of fruit, so pure, by far the best Caillou in more than 20 years. Drink 2010-2040.
Jancis Robinson: 17/20 – Drink 2020-2035. Exotic nose with hints of botrytis. Strong lemon-marmalade character. Big and bold for a 2010 sweet white with some richness and density. Clean and fresh – no enormous weight. Residual Sugar 135 g/l, Total Acidity 3.4 g/l, Alcohol 13.5%.
Tim Atkin: 91/100
Wine Enthusiast: 89-91/100 – Richly liquorous wine, beautifully concentrated, with acidity balancing with the rich, honeyed fruit. Showing its attractive side already.
Rene Gabriel: 18/20
Jeremy Williams: 87-88/100 – Pale straw/green; some wax, quite full nose, honey; mid weight palate, nice balance; sweet, some ripe waxy notes. Good.
Matthew Jukes: 16.5/20
Jean-Marc Quarin: 15.25/20
Jane Anson: 91/100 – Slightly more floral nose here, gentle white blossom flowers. Lovely smooth silky texture, just a touch of heat, but a jasmine orange taste coming in that is truly enjoyable. Slides to a finish, keeping a real sense of uplift on the end of palate. Heat takes some elegance away. Drink 2018-2030.